Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Queensland Reds and the New South Wales Waratahs the Reds have won four and the Waratahs one.
The Waratahs won the last match between the teams earlier this year in March 5-32 in Sydney which ended a five match losing streak for the Sydney side.
Overall the Reds have played the Waratahs 22 times in Super Rugby and the Reds have won 13 matches and the Waratahs have won 8 with one draw between the teams.
That gives the Reds a record of winning 59% of their matches against the Waratahs at all venues.
The average score when the Reds play the Waratahs at all venues is : Reds 20 Waratahs 19.
In the 22 matches between the teams the Reds have had home advantage 11 times and they have won 7 times or 64% of their matches.
The average score when the Reds play the Waratahs at home is : Reds 22 Waratahs 17.
In 2014 the Reds have played 15 matches and won 5 (33%). They have played seven matches at home and won 3 and lost four. That gives them a record of winning 43% of their home matches.
The Waratahs have played 15 matches as well and they have won 11 matches or 73%. They have played 7 matches away from home and won three matches and lost four. That gives the Waratahs a record of winning 43% of their away matches.
In terms of selection the Waratahs will be without star fullback Israel Folau so they will have Cam Crawford in the No.15 jersey. In the forwards Will Skelton has been recalled to the starting lineup at lock, alongside Kane Douglas, while Stephen Hoiles has held his spot at blindside flanker, captain Michael Hooper is at openside and Wycliff Palu is the No. 8.
The Reds lost to the Force last week so they have made two changes to their side with Nick Frisby being ruled due to a broken jaw so Scott Gale starts. The other change sees Greg Holmes return to the starting lineup in place of Ben Daley. Holmes missed last weekend with a knee complaint.
Liam Gill has been released by the Australian Sevens camp and will win his 50th cap. The Reds have really suffered with injuries this season and this week is no different as two players could be making their debut which shows how depleted the squad is at the end of the season.
The Waratahs have already qualified for the play offs and they have a home semi-final and a bye next week. While the result will have no impact on their standing they will want to maintain their standards and their winning streak which is currently at six matches.
No other team in Super Rugby is enjoying a six match winning streak. No other team this season has won six matches in a row so the Waratahs are deserved leaders in the standings.
The Bookies have given the Reds an 7 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet. The Waratahs are in form and have players performing across the field and should not struggle with a team in 12th place. The Waratahs should win by 8.
This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 4/HD.
Average score: Reds 20 Waratahs 19
Last five results
01 Mar 2014 Reds v Waratahs 5-32 Sydney
13 Jul 2013 Reds v Waratahs 14-12 Sydney
23 Feb 2013 Reds v Waratahs 25-17 Brisbane
14 Jul 2012 Reds v Waratahs 32-16 Brisbane
25 Feb 2012 Reds v Waratahs 25-21 Sydney
Reds overall record against the Waratahs
Played 22 , Wins 13, Losses 8 , Draws 1
Match No. 118: Reds v Waratahs
Date :Saturday 12 July
Venue : Suncorp Stadium
Kick Off local: 19:40
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1: Matt O'Brien
Assistant Ref 2: Damien Mitchelmore
1. James Slipper, 2. James Hanson, 3. Greg Holmes, 4. Rob Simmons, 5. James Horwill (C), 6. Curtis Browning, 7. Beau Robinson, 8. Jake Schatz, 9. Scott Gale (run-on debut), 10. Ben Lucas, 11. Lachie Turner, 12. Ben Tapuai, 13. Samu Kerevi, 14. Rod Davies, 15. Mike Harris
Replacements : 16. Saia Fainga'a, 17. Ben Daley, 18. Albert Anae, 19. Dave McDuling, 20. Liam Gill (potential 50th Queensland cap), 21. Sam Johnson, 22. Jamie-Jerry Taulagi, 23. Chris Kuridrani (potential debut)
1. Benn Robinson , 2.Tatafu Polota Nau , 3. Sekope Kepu , 4. Will Skelton 5. Kane Douglas , 6. Stephen Hoiles , 7. Michael Hooper (c), 8. Wycliff Palu , 9. Nick Phipps , 10. Bernard Foley , 11. Rob Horne , 12. Kurtley Beale , 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper , 14. Alofa Alofa , 15. Cam Crawford .
Replacements (one to be omitted): 16. Tolu Latu , 17. Jeremy Tilse , 18. Michael Ala'alatoa , 19. Jacques Potgieter , 20. Mitchell Chapman , 21. Pat McCutcheon , 22. Brendan McKibbin , 23. Jono Lance , 24.Taqele Naiyaravoro .